Physician Liaisons

Support for Shared Patients

Our physician liaisons are clinically-trained health professionals who meet regularly with referring physicians with the goal of improving health outcomes for shared patients. Working with a physician liaison can help you:

  • Improve care coordination with Duke Health
  • Keep up-to-date on changes and enhancements to key Duke Health service lines
  • Streamline clinical workflows to promote higher-quality care for shared patients
  • Gain access to Duke MedLink – a secure, Web-based connection to Duke’s EMR
  • Learn about our accountable care organization (ACO)—Duke Connected Care—and other opportunities to integrate more closely with Duke Health

To connect with a physician liaison, contact the Duke Population Health Management Office.

To refer a patient to Duke Health, call 1-800-MED-DUKE (800-633-3853).

Meet Our Physician Liaisons

Marlena Scarborough

Marlena Scarborough, RN, MSN
Marlena has been a nurse since 1994, and has worked at Duke since 1998. She has nursing experience in many different areas of the health system, including the ICU, medical-surgical, case management, nursing education and nursing administration. Marlena has been a physician liaison since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at East Carolina University and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Duke University's School of Nursing in Healthcare Leadership. | cell: 919-323-0997 | fax: 919-660-1036


Lorie Robertson

Lorie Robertson, RN, BSN
Lorie has been a nurse since 1996, and a physician liaison since 2004; working first at a private oncology specialty group and a community hospital before joining Duke in 2013. Prior to becoming a physician liaison, Lorie was an endoscopy manager, OB-GYN nurse manager, and a breast navigator, tobacco cessation specialist, and worked in a dialysis, orthopaedics, GI acute care and surgery center. She received her nursing degree at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, NC, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. | cell: 919-812-7795 | fax: 919-660-1038


Barbara Willis

Barbara Willis, RN, BSN, CCRN
Barbara has worked for Duke since 1994. She has experience as a staff nurse, nurse manager, and clinical operations director before transitioning to her role as a physician liaison. Her background includes surgical nursing, intensive care, emergency medicine, and critical care transport. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. | cell: 919-717-0136 | Fax: 919-613-2315


AnneMarie Hawthorne

Anne-Marie Hawthorne, RN, BSN
Anne-Marie has worked at Duke for 10 years as a Patient Resource Manager, DHTS EMR trainer and educator, and most recently as a Revenue Manager/Project Manager for Duke University Hospital Finance. She is from Durham, and received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  | cell: 919-717-0133 | fax: 919-613-2316